Over the past week, there have been two peaceful marches and protests in Irvine in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The rallies have been organized by students but have been well attended by a wide cross section of the community.

Even though the events here in Irvine have been peaceful, Mayor Christina Shea has posted comments on social media and released a video message to the community, insinuating that protesters are violent and that expressing anger towards police will not be tolerated in Irvine.

On Friday (June 5th), the Orange County-based Thurgood Marshall Bar Association held a press conference on the steps of Irvine City Hall, with lawyers and community members calling on Shea to apologize for her tone-deaf remarks, and reminding the Mayor that expressing anger toward unjust policies — even in the Police Department — is protected under the Constitution.

ICNV Staff